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  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Generalized anxiety disorder may require specialized treatment

    Q: What exactly is a panic attack? It feels like I'm uncomfortable and scared of everything. I need to return to work. Any helpful advice? A: A panic attack is a wave of intense fear. Added to the fear are uncomfortable physical symptoms, such as: A...
  • Why does the sun make me sneeze?

    Q: I have sneezing fits whenever I step out into the sunlight. I can sneeze five times in a row. Am I allergic to the sun? A: What you have is called the photic sneeze reflex. It's not an allergy. The sneezing is a response to sudden bright light....
  • Taking too much acetaminophen can be hazardous

    Cold and flu season is a good time to review the risks of acetaminophen -- the pain and fever reliever in Tylenol and many other over-the-counter medications. Billions of doses of acetaminophen are consumed safely every year, but deaths still occur from...
  • Regular exercise pumps up memory, too

    Q: Does exercise really help you keep your memory? A: Regular exercise may protect against the "normal" memory decline of aging. I'm reluctant to think of any memory loss as normal, but by age 65, more than half of adults say they're concerned about...
  • The Medicine Cabinet: There's no magic formula for finding the "best" bed to ease back pain

    Q: What kind of bed is best for back problems? A: Unfortunately, there is no single type of bed known to be best for back problems. For one thing, there are many types of back problems. What works well for one type of problem may not work well for...
  • Spinal stenosis may require a combination of treatments

    Q: How successful are spinal injections for nerve pain in the legs caused by spinal stenosis? A: Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal, the space in the back that surrounds and protects the spinal cord. The narrowing puts pressure on the...
  • Don't avoid straight talk about end-of-life health care

    Harvard Health Blog Birth, childhood, adulthood, and death span the book of life. Unfortunately, many people tend to avoid thinking or talking about how they want the final chapter to read. For the seriously ill or elderly--and even those who aren't--not...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Tennis elbow more common in people who don't play tennis

    Q: My doctor says my elbow pain is due to tennis elbow. But I don't play tennis. Could you explain how this has come about and what I can do about it? A: "Tennis elbow" is a common term for a condition doctors call lateral epicondylitis. It's caused by...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Psychotherapy not appropriate for all trauma victims

    Q: My brother is a veteran who saw friends die in action. He refuses to go for psychotherapy. Should I insist that he go? A: After a trauma, suffering is common -- if not universal. But psychotherapy is not for everyone. In fact, some experts believe --...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Several factors figure into risk of abdominal aneurysm rupturing

    Q: I have an abdominal aneurysm that measures 4.7 centimeters. Is it safe to fly? A: Before answering your question, let's review some basic information. An aneurysm is a bulge in an artery caused by a weak spot in the artery wall. It's usually the...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Doctors have multiple treatment options for "twitchy" legs

    Q: I sometimes get "twitchy" legs at night. It disturbs my sleep. It's not painful; my muscles just sort of twitch. What could be causing this? Is there a way to prevent it? A: From your description, restless legs syndrome could be the cause of your...